Throughout the city of San Antonio, you'll find markers of its rich and vibrant history. The Historic Market Square is one such place. The square dates back to the mid-1700s and continues to thrive as the center of cultural commerce today. In earlier years, the Plaza de Armas was home to the square, but in the late 1800s, it moved to its current location in downtown San Antonio.
Take a look at the Historic Market Square in the video below:
Vendors used to sell assorted meats, fresh produce, and even honey. Immigrants from parts of Europe, Asia, and the Middle East settled in the city and brought their cultural influences with them. Fusing the immigrants' cultures with the already established Mexican culture was showcased in the city's cuisines, entertainment, architecture, and customs. The market squares are where this cultural melding is most visible.
Today, the Historic Market Square boasts over a hundred local vendors. Strolling through the market stalls, you'll discover a world of eye-catching colors, mouth-watering aromas, and a greater sense of a city brimming with cultural pride. Vendors smile and greet you as you look around at handcrafted jewelry, leather goods, works of art by local talent, and delicious food.
One of the most iconic restaurants in the square is Mi Tierra. Mi Tierra was opened in 1941 by married couple Pedro and Cruz Cortez. What began as a tiny cafe serving local farmers, is now a bustling hot spot that can seat more than 500 patrons. Serving Tex-Mex meals and delicious margaritas is enough to draw in tourists and keep denizens coming back for more.
Not only is the market square a great place to buy all sorts of great pieces of art and wares, but it's also a wonderful place to enjoy live entertainment. Rhythmic Tejano beats pulsate from the square on any given day of the week. You can enjoy weekend fiestas and themed events celebrating various holidays. Primer Sabado (First Saturday) are events sponsored by the city of San Antonio, and participants of all ages are welcome to enjoy the square in unique ways.
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